GHOST TOWN TRAIL:
BLACK LICK-EBENSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA
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Last Updated: June 23, 2013
Length: Ghost Town Trail; 32 miles
Ghost Town Trail (Rexis Branch); 4 miles
Difficulty: Easy. Flat stone-dust rail trail.
To Start from Black Lick; From the intersection of Routes 22 & 119 in Blairsville follow Route 119 north 2 miles to Black Lick. Turn right on Main St and veer left onto Old Indiana Rd. Turn left into Saylor Park.
The Ghost Town Trail follows the rail bed of the former Ebensburg & Black Lick Railroad from Black Lick to Ebensburg. The Ghost Town Trail derives its name from numerous mining towns that once existed along the railroad corridor. In Vintondale, a spur trail known as the Rexis Branch travels north along the North Branch Blacklick Creek for 4 miles. In Black Lick the trail converges with the Hoodlebug Trail which travels between Black Lick & Indiana. For more information visit; GHOST TOWN TRAIL .
Starting from Saylor Park in Black Lick; From the parking lot head past the green gate along a paved trail that takes you left past the basketball courts to the intersection of the Ghost Town Trail, Hoodlebug Trail and Hoodlebug Trail Extension.
Note; The Hoodlebug Trail travels back through the parking lot out to Indiana Ave and heads left for a brief on-road section before continuing north to Indiana. The Hoodlebug Trail Extension briefly heads west from here before turning south (on-road section). Distances are given for the Hoodlebug Trail on a sign board located here.
Heading east along the stone-dust Ghost Town Trail you'll travel underneath Old Indiana Rd.
Note; Distances are given for the trail located on a sign board attached to the bridge abutment.
An old RR bridge take you across Blacklick Creek where you'll pass by the remnants of trains past. The partially shaded trail parallels the creek with mile markers posted every mile. At 0.6 miles you'll come to an information sign. This was as far as I checked out. The trail continues uninterrupted through State Game Lands before finally crossing Route 259 after 6.3 miles. Continue along the creek, traveling underneath Route 56 at 9.6 miles. Cross the creek via an old RR bridge at 11.6 miles and again at 12.2 miles before coming to the Dilltown parking area at 12.5 miles where you'll find restrooms and picnic tables. The trail continues east to Ebensburg.
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